President Donald Trump on Thursday night, signed an executive order banning business with ByteDance, the parent company of the popular social media app TikTok. In addition, Trump issued an executive order banning financial transactions with WeChat, a Chinese company that is owned by the conglomerate Tencent.
Tencent owns Tencent Pictures, a Chinese film distributor and production company with ties to a surprising amount of blockbusters. The company is tied to two major movies that are set to come out in 2021 — Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick, and Sony’s Monster Hunter. Just over the past few years, it has been involved with films such as Wonder Woman, Venom, Bumblebee, Kong: Skull Island, and Terminator: Dark Fate.
There is a chance that Trump’s Tencent restrictions could complicate the releases of Top Gun: Maverick and Monster Hunter, once both films eventually hit theaters.
Trump’s executive orders were fueled by concerns that TikTok is collecting data on American users that could be given to the Chinese government, thus creating a potential national security risk — concerns that TikTok has continued to deny.
Top Gun: Maverick
Tom Cruise returns as Capt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, now a flight school instructor whose talents and exploits are a legend.
One of his students is Lt. Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw (Miles Teller), a pilot trainee and son of the late Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards).
A little more than two minutes long, the spot for the Paramount Pictures’ film is packed full of action and, of course, some motorcycle riding.
In addition to Cruise, the movie stars Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris, and Val Kilmer, who reprises his memorable role of Ice Man.
Top Gun: Maverick flies into theaters on December 23, 2020.